School board to vote tonight on hiring Omaha firm to search for new superintendent

Public meeting to also cover classified union agreement, more funding for wireless project

The Pleasanton school board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to decide whether to approve a contract with an Omaha-based firm to search for a new district superintendent.

The board also is expected to hear public comments on a possible agreement with the district's classified union, among other business.

A top item on tonight's agenda is the approval of a proposed contract with McPherson & Jacobson LLC to handle the search for a new superintendent, a decision that is expected to be made by late spring or early summer. The firm was selected as board members' top choice out of four finalists for a contract of $28,000 at a special meeting last Tuesday.

The approval is expected to take place during approval of the consent agenda, which includes items that are considered routine.

The board will also hear public comment on a possible agreement with the California Schools Employees' Association, the union that represents district employees who are not teachers.

The tentative agreement includes a 3.8% salary raise, a 3.8% increase in the district's contribution to health and welfare benefits and the agreement that the district will track how many internal and external candidates applied for positions, how many were granted interviews and whether an internal or external candidate was awarded the position.

The agreement also allows for reclassification of an employee's job title if extra duties get added that are auxiliary of that employee's job description, and if those duties continue for six months or more.

The board's meeting will begin with closed session at 5 p.m. and will begin open session at 7 p.m. at the district's headquarters at 4665 Bernal Ave.

In other school business:

-The board will discuss a request to increase the district's budget for renovations to the wireless network from $946,973 to $1,060,820.

-The board will decide whether to approve restarting adult education classes at Pleasanton Unified.

-The board will meet in closed session to discuss negotiations with the teacher's union and the classified union representatives, three cases of ongoing litigation and four cases of anticipated litigation.

-The board will recognize Sidharth Bommakanti, an Amador Valley senior, for advancing in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

-The board is expected to approve two new hires, two changes in assignments, 57 transitions from probationary to permanent positions, one promotion, 22 limited-term assignments, all of which are for coaching jobs that last for the duration of their respective seasons.

-The board is expected to issue approval of $2.8 million in warrants for October, which are the expenses incurred during that time frame, which includes about $155,000 in general fund instructional supplies, about $147,000 for training consultation and about $481,000 for the district's share of employee health and welfare benefits.

-The board is expected to approve a bid for on-campus snacks to Hayes Distributing, Inc. The bid is priced out item-by-item, but the overall cost is expected to be about $280,000 for the fiscal year 2016. Items to be offered for purchase at middle and high school campuses include Cheeto puffs, Eagle BBQ popped crisps, apple juice, bottled water and whole grain rice krispie treats, and all items meet state and federal nutrition guidelines.

-The board is expected to approve a contract for actuarial services to the Howard Nyhart Company, which will access the long-term debt associated with Other Post Employment Benefits -- a process that is required every other year. The bid is for $6,350 for fiscal year 2016.

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14 people like this
Posted by SoMuchLitigation
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 9, 2015 at 5:49 pm

I think the number one thing our board needs to work on is reducing the amount of litigation in our district. Every month when I read the warrants there are huge amounts paid out either in legal settlements or in attorney fees. When I look at the amounts I feel it's bleeding the district dry. I just think the money could be so much better spent on the education of our children.

The other thing I can't ever figure out is where the money comes from to pay the litigation? The general fund? How much is budgeted for legal fees? Are we consistently over the budget? It's just not very transparent.

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